You're giving me a special
gift, so sorrowfully endowed,
But really, love is knowing
when your best friend is in pain,
So looking deep into your eyes,
beyond, into your soul,
The strength that you possess,
is why I look to you today,
That strength is why I've
followed you, and chose you as my friend,
Please, understand just what
this gift you're giving means to me,
You take a stand on my behalf,
for that is what friends do.
So one last time, I breathe
your scent and through your hand I feel,
Cut the leash that holds me
here dear friend, and let me run,
And don't despair my passing,
for I won't be far away,
I'll be there
watching over you, your ever faithful friend,
RIP Phoenix - our little speedyboots
On the 31st of October, 2010, our hearts were broken. The end of an era had come for Idigadog with us saying an emotional farewell to our last remaining Malamute - Phoenix.
Phoenix was our little pocket dynamite. She certainly lived up to her pedigree name - Speedyboots!!
She arrived at Idigadog in 1999 as a 9 week old puppy full of spunk and never changed. Phoenix was smaller than Aspen and Dakota, but at 26 inches and only 30kg, still had the necessary strength for doing a good job.
Phoenix won many first Alaskan Malamute placings and finished extremely high in loads of races. In her very first race she was placed 2nd and even in the 2004 season at 5, her highest achievement was 3rd overall at the Southern Cross Classic. This was no mean feat given the calabre of Siberians she was racing against including some top quality imported running line dogs.
She was awarded her WTD (Working Team Dog) from the AMCNSW.
With her fantastic speed and attitude, Phoenix was able to compete in a 3 dog team with two of our Siberian boys at the Altitude 5000 race and the Canberra Sled Dog Classic in 2004. Boy, did she prove herself. Not only was she able to keep up with the boys, but she also pushed them from behind. If determination counts for anything, then Phoenix was a winner all round.
This little dynamite had a broken leg in 2002 (see picture below) but easily recovered to be one of the best racing Malamutes in the country. Both her pedigree name and call name suggests exactly what Phoenix was all about.
Retired from racing after an operation for bloat and gastric torsion, Phoenix was still happy to go out for a social jaunt around the trails with her buddies.
It is very quiet in the kennel without her although we still feel her presence quite regularly and different people have said that they have 'seen' Phoenix in the dog shed. We miss her 'woos' and backchat and the place is just not the same. Until we meet again Phoenix, run to your hearts content gorgeous and give everyone hell at the Rainbow Bridge!
We have traced Phoenix's pedigree back 33 generations to Rowdy of Nome!